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Swedish doc missed 27 skin cancer cases

The Local/pvs · 18 May 2011, 14:08

Published: 18 May 2011 14:08 GMT+02:00

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"A follow up examination of tests from pigmented skin lesions revealed 27 cases of misdiagnosis. These can be connected to a pathologist who was employed on an hourly basis as a pensioner and who is no longer working at the hospital," according to a statement on the hospital's webpage on Wednesday.

The doctor was a long term employee at the hospital until last week and the hospital was unable to rule out the possibility of more undetected cases.

The statement was issued in response to a report in the Svenska Dagbladet daily on Wednesday.

The hospital's communications director, Marielle Korend Larsson, explained that the hospital has taken steps to contact the affected patients.

"The hospital expects to be able to offer all assessment and possible treatment within a week," she wrote.

Older test samples will be examined by an independent external party spanning a period of up to five years as the doctor in question was employed at the hospital prior to drawing his pension.

The hospital has also began the compilation of a report in accordance with Lex Maria, the informal name used to refer to regulations governing the reporting of injuries or incidents in the Swedish health care system.

The hospital has also decided to open a dedicated emergency phone line for concerned patients.

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Nearly 3,000 people in Sweden get malignant melanoma each year, with around 450 fatalities.

In recent years the number of cases nationally has increased by four percent. Dermatologists believe that the surge is a result of sunbathing, which became a popular pastime in 1970s and 1980s.

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14:36 May 18, 2011 by Syftfel
From what medical school did this Swedish doctor graduate? I demand to know.
15:07 May 18, 2011 by uunbeliever
Probably not from here. All the Swedish doctors run as soon as they are finished with their free education to the wonderful USA.
15:36 May 18, 2011 by Swedesmith
27 missed diagnoses out of how many cases? 10,000? 100? 28?
15:41 May 18, 2011 by laura ka baal
All 27 patients were immigrant.
16:20 May 18, 2011 by Bender B Rodriquez
@Swedesmith: Since it was a pathologist it is likely thousands of samples. However, in unclear cases the sample should be treated as possibly malignant, so even 27 cases is too much...
17:04 May 18, 2011 by jmclewis
Here is your doctor he is blind, but he is a nice doctor.
17:15 May 18, 2011 by swedejane
And, this week's installment of health care stories to scare you brought to you by Sahlgrenska University Hospital.
17:19 May 18, 2011 by J. L. Belmar
I am not surprised at all. I just spent 8 months at the Karolinska hospital, where doctors made wrong by-passes in my legs. First, a by-pass of 78 centimeters proved to be 8 centimeters too long. Second, a sten in my right leg, proved to be 5 centimeters too short. So, they had to do another by-pass in my left leg, to cut the 8 centimeters and to perform another surgery in my right leg, to ad the missing 5 centimeters. Then, I got a huge infection in the left leg. New by-pass over the recent one. While doing this, they cut the previous by-pass to take out all the infection. To make a long story short, doctors were Swedes. The last one, the one who saved my left leg from being cut of, is a Swedish female doctor who is truly the exception of the rule. I recommend you to go to Karolinska if you are tired of living.
18:22 May 18, 2011 by Horace
I heard that the students at Sahlgrenska University Hospital don't study, and cheats a lot on their exams. I guess this is the result. I am scared.
18:30 May 18, 2011 by Species125
Sweden puts the "hell" in health care.
19:15 May 18, 2011 by Rishonim
@Belmar, OMG.. That sounds like something straight out of The Three Stooges. Did they at least provided you with some proper and all purpose Alvedon?
19:41 May 18, 2011 by J. L. Belmar
@ Rishonim

They filled me with antibiotics. I got the biggest diarrhea you can imagine. For a month I was going to the bathroom at least 8 times a day. I lost 11 kilos. I got a Clostridium dificile bacteria thanks to the antiobiotics. Up to one wee, any snail could beat me in a one meter race. I looked like Frankenstein due to the many scars I have in legs and arms. You know, they have to find good veins to make by-passes. I am beginning to look a little bit less bad.
20:43 May 18, 2011 by prince T
The doctor must be immigrant doctor. That is why people must votering SD. Votering for colour and forget the brain.
20:56 May 18, 2011 by jostein
I think the commentary field is more interesting than the article. Sure, bad apples exist in all baskets. But, well, the media in sweden have squandered whatever trust they had, especially in certain areas. So, nowadays, most people assume a hidden agenda and a warped truth, always. We truly do live in interesting times. Sliding down the whirlpool.
21:55 May 18, 2011 by update-2011
In the first place,if it were not for Swedes honest nature, this would not have been on the news.great people.
22:18 May 18, 2011 by swedejane

"The statement was issued in response to a report in the Svenska Dagbladet daily on Wednesday."

It wasn't honesty...it was a journalist doing their job and rooting out this story. The hospital is only doing damage control at this point.
23:03 May 18, 2011 by jostein
21:55 May 18, 2011 by update-2011

Honesty is a thing of the past in this the strangest of lands.
23:06 May 18, 2011 by muscle
@J. L. Belmar: Man no offense but seriously its like comedy of errors. :)

I hope you are doing good now and hope you will remain good.
01:29 May 19, 2011 by jacquelinee
I am going through EXACTLY the same thing in Borås. Went To Vård Centalen with a lesion to be checked yesterday. Looks like a classic melanoma I have seen examples of on medical websites. The Doctor told me it was probably exema (which I have on my hands and they look nothing alike) and to use a steroid cream on it. If it is still there in 2 weeks, we will think about something else. (IDIOT) Of course, then it will be getting close to July and, as we know, every Swede is on vacation the entire month of July so I won't see anyone then. Then there ill be a back log and I will probably have to wait till September and by then, it will be really serious. I am so tired of incomptence.
11:15 May 19, 2011 by Tennin
I found out when it comes to testing and examining the doctors I dealt with here were completely uninterested/lazy/etc. For two years they'd tell me they had no idea why I was having pains, and oh well. I demanded xrays and testing but they refused. I finally got tired of their BS so I flew home to see the doctors there. Within two weeks of being home they figured out what was wrong with me.

I lost faith in Swedish healthcare :(
11:37 May 19, 2011 by cogito
by Species125

"Sweden puts the "hell" in health care."

And coming to the USA soon, under Obamacare.
11:54 May 19, 2011 by johnny1939
To all you guys that are/have suffered under Swedish Healthcare I am truly sorry. I agree w/ uunbeliever that Swedish doctors take off for the US or work for research companies etc. I don't understand what happened to the system that was so well meant and functioned for many years. Just the other day I talked w/ a friend in Göteborg and he told me that he has trouble understanding doctors at Sahlgrenska & vårdcentralen because they do not speak any of the languages that he speaks!!!!!!!! Well I can bitch all I want but I do not know what the solution is. Maybe paying the doctors more to make it more attractive for people to stay in Sweden? Or should we just start charging? When I am ill I do not care what it costs. I will find the money some where.....just did as a matter of fact. Maybe we should also start suing the bastards and include Falks that refuse to pick up patients that then die!!!!
12:13 May 19, 2011 by Frank Arbach
.....the doctor concerned was perhaps worried about missing 'fika'?...
12:35 May 19, 2011 by glamelixir
I had two seizures, one of them lasted more than 3 minutes with my body totally rigid and eyes wide open.

Went to three Swedish doctors, non of them runned tests or diagnozed anything. One suggested I might be stressed, the other one said that I needed to excersise because I study too much... (For the record one was from Iran and two were Swedish. From the Swedish ones one was from the SO CALLED PRIVATE that the Moderaterna love so much).

Went to my country (where we also have public medicine btw), the doctor runned an EEG and other complexity tests like TAC. Guess what? I have epilepsia.

I went crazy around here for a doctor to even listen to me. They just send you home.

Sometimes it works, cause you might have a cold or something mild. Sometimes it can turn out really bad....

My doctors back home are asking if I am following the situation here with some specialist. I DON'T DARE. hahaha.
10:12 May 20, 2011 by Taxlady
All the socialist propoganda aside; the best health care I have ever had was in the US. It was world class. When a medical issue is in question, it is much better to do more tests than less.

Plus the education in the US is superior.
11:52 May 20, 2011 by cogito

Same here. By far the best care was in the U.S. France is not bad either.

Sweden... the worst.
03:13 May 21, 2011 by laura ka baal
@prince T

unfortunately swedish student thinks of flytta with their girl friends Nd boyfriends of course, so there is next to no swedsih doctors here in sweden, for which doctors are brought from abroad:
09:55 May 24, 2011 by Bushyblondehead
Had a precancer on nose and bottom lip burned off with liquid nitrogen, that hurt, doc said because I'm so fair skin we get easiest.
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